Thursday, 30 July 2015

GI Joe Resurgence II Day 30: Cobra Anaconda w. WORMS

"GI Joe has destroyed the SWARM forces and liberated the small town of Gold Springs, but Cobra Commander has not revealed his final plan. Blasting its way out of underground mines, the Cobra Anaconda Mobile Fortress takes to the battlefield! Will GI Joe defeat Cobra's most powerful weapon? Stay tuned next year for the epic conclusion of GI Joe Resurgence!''

Cobra Anaconda Mobile Fortress w. WORMs and Cobra Splitjaw Recon Bike w. Motor Viper - Foxtrot Class Vehicle
This tremendous, mobile, land based headquarters calls the shots during Cobra’s campaign against GI Joe! Detect incoming GI Joe forces from the radar station. Fire the artillery battery from the Command and Control station. Launch the Splitjaw Recon Bike for quick scouting missions. Features 4 realistic battle sounds! Includes 2 commanders WORMS and MOTOR VIPER!

From the desk of Oreobuilder:
Anaconda Mobile Fortress
Bucky suggested the build for the Anaconda at the very beginning of this project when we were still brainstorming ideas. It was a fun idea, but at the time, none of us had a Clone Turbo Tank to chop up. A few months later, as luck would have it, I was on vacation in Western Canada and spotted a beat up CTT at a local thrift store for 20$. I had no idea how I was going to bring it back with me on the plane, but I picked it up anyway. Fortunately, with some help from family and some suitcase packing gymnastics, I brought it home in one piece. It was missing a few pieces when I bought it. I scratch built a couple of doors, attached some new weapons and gave it the signature snake cockpit.

I decided to build the Anaconda late in the project. Although the Clone Turbo Tank I found at a thrift store was missing some parts, it did include the speeder bike. When I started working on it, the Speeder Bike had to be replaced with something else. I wanted to use the compartment to launch a recon vehicle of some kind, but the Speeder is too iconic to Star Wars to fit in the Joe-verse. At first, I thought of a Cobra Ferret, but decided to create something new that was more in tune with the look of the Turbo Tank. I had an incomplete Recon Sled in my fodder box, so I started there.

It seems like Motor Viper has been on my to-do list for a long time. Ever since the early days of the 25th, I’ve wanted a proper figure. Hasbro gave us something resembling it in the Rise of Cobra line with the Nitro-Viper. That figure was not bad, but it was not the vintage look that I wanted to include in my collection. Since we needed a driver for the Anaconda anyway, I figured it was a good opportunity to check the Motor Viper off my list.

Like Motor Viper, WORMS is another figure that I have had on my to-do list for a while. Since I don’t have the original figure, I picked up a helmet from AVAC’s Lab and started from there. I tried to replicate the original figure as best as I could. The Ultimate Cobra Commander torso and arms work pretty well in my opinion. Now that I have made one, I would like to make a couple more to crew my Maggot.

All: Star Wars Clone Turbo Tank with added weapons and accessories

All: ARAH Recon Sled with added cannons on the front

Head, helmet: AVAC cast
Torso, arms: Ret Ultimate Cobra Commander
Legs: RoC Destro
Belt, harness: DG Cobra Commander

Motor Viper:
Head: Vintage Motor Viper
Vest: RoC Nitro-Viper cast
Torso, arms, upper legs: 25th Zartan
Lower legs: 25th Crimson Guard


  1. I just found this blog post and was amazed by your work. This Rover is AWESOME!!!
    I had a question about the color blue and the type of paint your using.
    I’ve been trying to find the best Cobra blue to make my own custom vehicles and wanted to know if you used a Krylon or Tamiya spray paint or another brand?
    Any info would be very helpful.
    If you could email me that would be helpful: